The first 50 NHS hospitals ready to receive the Covid vaccine have been revealed.
The news comes after yesterday's landmark announcement that the UK will become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer Covid vaccine for use.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the NHS are about to embark on the “biggest programme of mass vaccination in the history of the UK” from next week.
The vaccine will need to be stored in special super-cold freezers at a temperature of -70C. A total of 53 NHS Trusts in England are equipped with the super-cold freezers, and they will act as ‘hubs’ which will offer people in their local area the vaccine jabs, in order of priority.
Chief Executive of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, said the NHS will contact people who can get their jab when it is ready.
The hospitals receiving the vaccine first
The vaccine will be delivered to hospitals throughout England. A number of the hospitals capable of storing the vaccine also currently have the highest numbers of Covid-19 patients.
These include Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, University Hospitals Birmingham and Leeds Teaching Hospital.
Eight hospitals in the North West will receive a stock of the vaccine, one being Liverpool Royal Hospital.
Yorkshire will see United Lincolnshire Hospitals receive stock, and the North East will get theirs in The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals.
The Midlands has the most hospital hubs receiving the vaccine, at 13.
Here is a full list of the hospitals in England that will receive the vaccine first:
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals: North WestBrighton and Sussex University Hospitals: South EastCambridge University Hospitals: East EnglandChesterfield Royal Hospital: MidlandsCountess of Chester Hospital: MidlandsCroydon University Hospital: LondonDartford and Gravesham Hospitals: South EastDorset County Hospitals: South WestEast and North Hertfordshire Hospitals: East EnglandEast Kent Hospitals: South EastEast Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals: East EnglandFrimley Health NHS Foundation Trust: South EastGloucestershire Hospitals: South WestGreat Western Hospitals: South WestGuy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust: LondonJames Paget University Hospitals: East EnglandKings College Hospital: LondonPrincess Royal University Hospital, Kings: LondonLancashire Teaching Hospital: North WestLeeds Teaching Hospital: North WestLeicester Partnership NHS Trust: East MidlandsLiverpool University Hospitals: North WestMedway NHS Foundation Trust: South EastMid and South Essex Hospitals: East EnglandMilton Keynes University Hospital : South EastNorfolk and Norwich University Hospital: East EnglandNorthampton General Hospital: East MidlandsNorth Bristol NHS Foundation Trust: South WestNorth West Anglia Foundation Trust: East MidlandsNottingham University Hospitals: MidlandsOxford Health NHS Foundation Trust: South EastPortsmouth Hospital University: South WestRoyal Cornwall Hospitals: South WestRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust: LondonSalford Royal NHS Foundation Trust: North WestSheffield Teaching Hospitals: North WestSherwood Forest Hospitals: MidlandsShrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust: West MidlandsStockport NHS Foundation Trust: North WestSt George's University Hospitals: LondonThe Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals: North EastUniversity College Hospitals: LondonUniversity Hospitals Birmingham: MidlandsUniversity Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire: West MidlandsUniversity Hospitals Derby Burton: MidlandsUniversity Hospitals of North MidlandsUniversity Hospitals Plymouth: South WestUnited Lincolnshire Hospitals: YorkshireWalsall Healthcare: MidlandsWest Hertfordshire Hospitals: South EastWirral University Teaching Hospital: North WestWorcestershire Acute Hospitals: West MidlandsYeovil District Hospital: South West